Today we give thanks, watch a parade, dog show, and/or football, eat too much, laugh, play, rest, eat more, rest more, play more. Hurray for a holiday!
We will spend the morning with my in-laws, eating baked french toast (thanks, Jenny McFadden) and egg casserole (thanks, Kate Krsulich). I'm forcing our traditions on them. But somehow they don't seem to object much to my taking care of the cooking!
For dinner we're having a family from church we know a little and four international students we've never met! I'm so excited about this. We'll have three women from China and one from Korea. There's a ministry to internationals here in Pittsburgh called PRISM and they invite families to host students and give them an authentic Thanksgiving experience.
Since we lived away for so long and never established any Thanksgiving routine with family, we have the privilege (thank you family!) of maintaining this day as our own.* For the last many years we have celebrated with international families who lived in university housing with us. I'm so thankful we get to continue this tradition.
And now, a few other things for which I am thankful:
- new birth into a living hope and an inheritance that can never spoil perish or fade (I Peter 1)
- holidays to be with my people and extend hospitality to other people
- really yummy food with lots of butter and eggs
- the story of the pilgrims and how God provided for them
- how fun NaBloPoMo has been
- God hearing and answering prayers in my life and the lives of others
- that my husband is searching black Friday deals to get me a laptop ... yup, super cool!
Have a blessed holiday!
*Special thanks to my in-laws for letting us use their house!